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Catesby viaduct under construction

Catesby viaduct under construction

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L3131. A wonderfully industrious scene, captured during construction of the twelve arch viaduct which brought the Last Main Line across the infant River Leam north of Catesby, Northamptonshire. On the left, the structure's massive brick piers are beginning to take shape, whilst beside it a line of contractor's temporary railway makes the steep and winding climb out of the valley, doubtless something of a struggle for the small locos employed to bring men and materials to and from the site. On the right, a scotch derrick and steam powered jib swing a bucket laden with spoil to a navvy standing on a large heap. Bricks either neatly piled or strewn haphazardly along the valley, are everywhere.
Publisher
ContributorLeicestershire County Council
Creatorpersonalname - S. W. A Newton
Datecreation - circa 1897
TypePhotographs - black and white
Formatdimension.H - 160mm
dimension.W - 212mm
IdentifierNewton - 45/4
SourceS. W. A. Newton Collection - Record Office for Leicestershire, Leicester & Rutland
LanguageEN
Relationcopy of - glass plate negative
part of - S. W. A. Newton Collection
CoverageLocation.Current Repository - Record Office for Leicestershire, Leicester & Rutland
Location.Creation Site - Catesby, Northamptonshire (O.S. Ref: 452200 260500)
period - circa 1897
RightsLeicestershire County Council